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Composite Dental Fillings

Composite fillings are the most common dental restoration when we find a caries lesion or when we must repair a tooth that is affected by decay, fracture, cracks, etc. In certain cases, small caries lesions can be treated with fluoride and monitored for any recurrence. We also use a superficial sealants to treat certain caries lesions. With good oral hygiene and healthy eating/drinking habits, small cavities can heal themselves. For caries that do not heal and for more decayed teeth, we use composite fillings.

Composite fillings are often tooth coloured and are the most common filling material we use (we do not use amalgam at Snö). Dental composites are dental cements made of synthetic resins. Synthetic resins evolved as restorative materials since they were insoluble, of good tooth-like appearance, insensitive to dehydration and easy to manipulate.  A composite filling is usually done in one visit. In contrast to amalgam, a dental composite filling can bond to the tooth, seal the filling and is more durable.

A dental filling can look and feel right, but still have quality concerns. At Snö, we always document our dental fillings during treatment in order to ensure our high-quality standard. When a composite filling is suggested, you get a two-year warranty, irrespective of what happens to the filling.

Closure of space (diastema) with composite.

Close up of back teeth (molar). Small caries lesion filled with composite.

Close up of back teeth (premolar). Small caries lesion between teeth filled with composite.

Close up of back teeth (molar). Bigger cavity filled with composite.

Teeth restorations:
Composite fillings
Inlays and Onlays


  • What is composite bonding?

    Composite bonding, often known as cosmetic bonding, is a technique in which your dentist uses a particular-colored resin to improve the appearance of your teeth. It is completely painless; no anesthetic is required, and no drilling is required, thus there is no permanent modification to the natural tooth structure.

  • Am I a good candidate for composite filling?

    Composite bonding is used to address a variety of dental issues. Misshapen teeth, misaligned teeth, cracked teeth, chipped teeth, decaying teeth, discolored teeth, and gaps between teeth are just a few examples. Dental bonding (composite bonding) is also a good option for teeth that need a cosmetic filling.

  • How is a composite placed?

    Following preparation, the composite bonding material is applied in layers, with each layer being hardened using a special light. The composite bonding is then molded to fit the tooth once the procedure is completed. It is then polished to prevent discoloration and premature wear.

  • How long does the procedure take?

    It varies from the type of composite bonding you are getting; it may be just a filling and it may be an entire tooth you are getting covered. It can take from 20mins to an hour or two.

  • What are the advantages to composite bonding?

    The biggest benefit is esthetics, as the doctor is able to blend hues to achieve a color that is identical to the natural tooth. Additionally, composites attach to the tooth’s surface to sustain the residual tooth structure, preventing fracture and insulate the tooth from extreme temperature changes.

  • Are there any disadvantages to composite bonding?

    A patient may have post-operative sensitivity after obtaining composite bonding. If you are a fan of tea, coffee, or other staining foods, the color of the composite may stain. If you are concerned about the color of your teeth, a clear plastic coating on the composite can be applied to keep it from changing. If used for cavities; in larger cavities, composites wear out faster than silver fillings, yet they keep up just as well in small cavities.

  • How long does composite bonding last?

    On average, composite bonding lasts up to 5 years. As the substance isn’t as tough as your actual teeth it may deteriorate, chip, break, or stain.

  • How should I care for my teeth after having composite bonding done?

    Patients are instructed to care for their bonded teeth in the same way as they would their natural teeth. After each meal, brush your teeth. At least once a day, floss your teeth. Every 4-6 months, go to the dentist. Maintain strong and healthy teeth so it is easier for you to enjoy bonded teeth in the long run.